Exercise is the best predictor of long-term weight loss maintenance. This means that if you hope to lose weight and keep it off, you will need to stay consistent with regular physical activity. This might seem difficult to some people – who wants to sweat and do all that work for the rest of their lives?!
Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t always liked exercise. However, once I gave it some time I realized that the hard work I was putting into it didn’t really feel like “work” anymore. Sure it can be difficult; but that’s what I really like about it now. Being active gives me a chance to challenge myself, and to prove to myself that I am capable of more than I once thought. I used to be embarrassed at sweating in the gym, but now I wear my sweat like a badge of honor – its proof that I worked really hard and accomplished something great! Exercise makes me feel strong and powerful, which helps me feel good about myself.
Exercise doesn’t have to be work. In fact, it can be really fun! My favorite part of the day is walking our dogs in the evening and catching up with my husband about his day. If you plan to be active for the rest of your life, it will help to find something about exercise that you enjoy, whether that be the energy and improved mood it gives you, the wonderful health benefits you receive, or even simply the knowledge that exercising regularly will help you maintain a healthy weight. You may not feel entirely positive about exercise now, but give it some time – you may just find there’s more to like about it than you thought.
To me, exercise is my outlet, my strength, and my sanity. What does exercise mean to you?